Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Wolf Packs!

It has been a long time since I blogged! I normally blog about what I do with my kiddos or in my classroom! 

Today, I am going to blog about wolf packs! 

You are probably saying to yourself, wolf packs? 

Yes! Wolf packs!

What is a wolf pack? 

A wolf pack is a group that:
Work together
Play together
Respect each other 
Share each other’s passions and interests 
Protects each other 

Do you see where I am going with this?

When I was in Dallas at GYTO, Rachel Hollis was our keynote speaker and she called all of us a wolf pack! 

We need a pack! You need a wolf pack! Choose it wisely! Respect them! You can’t do it alone and you don’t need to! Your pack does not have to be present all the time! It can be spread throughout the country! 

Your pack does not define you! Your pack does not dictate who you are! It accentuates you! It encourages you! It makes you complete! 

Here is my wolf pack! 

Here is my larger more diverse wolf pack

Find your pack! 

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Color science

I love to teach science!!! I love to hear their excitement! I love their faces!!!! First grade science is the best! 

Since we just got back from spring break this week, I wanted our science to be very hands on and exciting! I have always loved to do color science so that is exactly what we did!! 

Before each experiment, they always made a prediction! They drew what they thought would happen and then wrote a sentence or two explaining their prediction!

First was the Walking Rainbow

7 mason jars
6 pieces of paper towels (not the brown school kind)
Food coloring 

First, place the jars in a row, where all of your kids can see them but where they can stay for awhile and not be disturbed!

Then fill the first, third, fifth and seventh jar with water.
In the first and seventh jar add red food coloring! (You will need about 20 or more drops to make it a vibrant red)
In the third jar add 10 drops of yellow and in the fifth jar add 10 drops of blue.

Fold the paper towels pieces like you we’re making a fan. Add one going from the first jar to the second jar, the second to the third and so on.

Ask them what they think will happen and have them draw it and write about it.

These pictures are what it will look like when you set it up and get there predictions.

These are pictures of the experiment after about 2 hours. 

Here it is at the end of the day!

Then I had them draw and write about what actually happened!

The next experiment we did was Rainbow Milk!

Food coloring
Qtips (2 per person)
Dish soap
Plates (I used plastic plates)

Pour milk into their plates until the bottom can not be seen.
In the center of the plate, add a drop of red, yellow, blue and green food coloring. Do not put them on top of each other.

Ask them to make a prediction about what will happen if they dip  one of their qtips into the milk. Have them draw and write about it.

Here they are just dipping the plain qtip into the milk! Nothing really happened!!!

Now ask them what they think will happen if they dip their second qtip into dishwashing liquid and then dip it into their milk!

Have them draw and write about their prediction!

Here is a video showing what happens! Have them draw and write about the actual results!!! 

Here are some pictures of how their rainbow milk turned out!

Aren’t they awesome!!

The last experiment of the day was mixing colors!
We read the book Mouse Paint. We discussed what happened when the colors were mixed together!

6 cups per child
Food coloring

Place all 6 cups on their desk.
Fill three with water.
Put red food coloring in one.
Yellow in another.
Blue in another.

Then have them pour a some of the red water into an empty cup and then add some yellow! What happened?

Then have them repeat with the yellow and blue water.

Then repeat using the red and blue water!

Have them record their results!

How exciting was this! Not an expensive science afternoon! The kids loved it! 

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Hatching peeps

Peeps, peeps, those awesome marshmallow creatures that so many of us either live or hate!! 

I personally love them but only the yellow chicks! Everyone laughs at me because they say they all taste the same but I insist they do not! 

Since I love them so, chi had my children adopt a peep! 
They dressed as doctors. We had to have a sterile environment to hatch our “eggs”! 

Once we were ready, they each chose an egg and carefully opened it! They had no idea what was inside! Oh the joy when they saw their peep! They all got a different color and flavor! 

After they hatched, they had to fill out a baby book and adoption certificate! 

They absolutely live

Friday, March 22, 2019

Give me half! A fractions activity!

If there is any math topic I love to teach, fractions is it! I love to teach my firsties all about fractions!

This year I chose the book, Give Me Half written Stuart Murphy. It is about two siblings that have to share their lunch! My kids loved it!

After we read the book, we then applied what we learned! The kids were given either paper to make a chocolate chip cookie or paper to make a pizza. These are the two foods in the book. 

After they made their pizza or cookie, I then went around and whispered how they were to partition it. They were told to either partition it in half or into fourths!

Then they wrote about it!

Here is our wall!!

Construction work is fun!

It has been a long time since I posted! Life got in the way! I was sick and then my car got stolen! Yes you read that last one correctly!

Standard measurement is difficult for firsties!! They understand nonstandard but they just have a bad time with standard. So I decided that I was going to make it real life! So they were construction workers! Did they have a blast!! 

First, we started our day off reading two books about construction and did a Venn diagram! We read Pete the Cat Construction Destruction and a book that I wrote!

We talked about nonfiction and fiction! They loved it!

Then we constructed our opinion writing pieces about being a construction worker.

The afternoon is when they really had a blast. They built structures and measured them. They did place value and time centers with the construction theme!

It was just an awesome day all around! Below are more pictures from our day!